Protistan Tales of Atlantic White Cedar Swamps
A WebQuest exploring the microbial diversity of Atlantic White Cedar Swamps
Introduction Task Process Resources Evaluation Conclusion Teachers
This WebQuest is composed of two parts: background research and storytelling. It is important that all team members contribute to each phase of the story production.
- You must first understand the protists of Atlantic White Cedar Swamps in order to turn them into characters of a story. You will work as a team of biologists to explore the characteristics of protists and the Atlantic White Cedar Swamp habitat, in general. Use the provided resources to help organize your thoughts.
- Once your group has a general understanding of the microbes and their environment, you will individually choose three of the following organisms to research in detail:
Coordinate to ensure that everyone chooses different organisms. General characteristics to research for each organism are:
- other distinguishable features
- Share your notes with the rest of the group. Try to visualize how your microbes might relate to other microbes. Begin to personify your organisms.
- By now you should have developed background information for the Atlantic White Cedar Swamp and a few of the microbes that live there. It is time for the creativity to begin! As a group, assign individual roles to each member:
- Writer—You are responsible for writing the story. While all members will contribute to the storyline, you are responsible for putting it into words.
- Artist—You are responsible for all artistic illustrations. You may include downloaded images of protozoa, but you should also create original illustrations that specifically support the storyline.
- Storyteller—You are responsible for telling the story. You will use visual aids created with the help of fellow team members and should be creative in your performance.
- Work as a group to produce a creative, illustrated story about the protists of Atlantic White Cedar Swamps. Following in the footsteps of the great storyteller Aesop, apply personality traits to your organisms in order to create a vivid, colorful tale. Use the provided resources to learn more about incorporating anthropomorphism into your storytelling.
- Everyone should contribute to the storyline. You will give a live perfmance of your fable and will then submit it for publication in the form of an illustrated short story.